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Bill Wilson: Barack Obama’s Neighborhood Engineering




wilson|| By BILL WILSON || The far left’s effort to remake America according to its politically correct fantasies continues unabated – even as the U.S. economy groans under the weight of previous failed efforts (and even as supporters of the latest social experiments bemoan prior failures in central planning).  Once again everything is ostensibly geared toward addressing alleged discrimination so as to secure “upward mobility” for impoverished minorities.

Couldn’t afford the American Dream of owning a home?  Not to worry.  After a bogus government study concocted the myth of “discriminatory lending,” trillions of dollars in affordable housing loans magically materialized (along with new government mandates dictating who should receive them).  This race-based market manipulation artificially inflated the housing bubble – the puncture of which greatly contributed to the Great Recession.

Couldn’t afford to go to college?  Once again, government was ready to “help” – doling out billions of dollars worth of college loans to minority recipients (often for matriculation at government-subsidized institutions).  Like the upside-down mortgages generated by the housing bubble, though, many of the sheepskins obtained via this taxpayer-subsidized scam weren’t worth the debt incurred to obtain them.

Of course, President Barack Obama – confusing equality of outcomes for equality of opportunity – decreed “no one should go broke because they choose to go to college.” In other words, when – not if – the higher education bubble pops, taxpayers will find themselves on the hook for yet another economically-debilitating bailout.

While we await the fallout from this latest misadventure in manipulated markets, Obama’s bureaucrats are busy remodeling the current disaster – playing the race card so as to apply window dressing to the drab outlines of the “New Normal.” Specifically, Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is imposing new regulations aimed at “diversifying” America’s neighborhoods — requiring cities to identify and root out “segregation” or risk losing federal funding.

Under the new regulation, city governments must “identify the primary determinants influencing fair housing conditions, prioritize addressing these conditions, and set one or more goals for mitigating or addressing their determinants.”

That’s not all. These reports – which must be submitted every five years – would also force cities to “track patterns in poverty and minority concentration, as well as ‘community access’ to transportation, good schools and jobs,” according to FOX News.

Sound like politically-correct nanny statism to you? It should – because it is.

Ironically, one of the staunchest supporters of the new rule – Margery Turner of the uber-liberal Urban Institute – acknowledged to The Hill how “decades of public policies” had contributed to “deeply segregated and unequal neighborhoods.” Of course, Turner still clings to the classic liberal fallacy: That more taxpayer money and more government control will somehow right these wrongs.

They won’t …

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Bill Wilson is a board member of Americans for Limited Government. This column – which originally appeared on NetRightDaily – is reprinted with permission.